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Audition and Visitation Days

Since 1909, VanderCook has been the leader in the field of music education.  Our institution is solely devoted to the career preparation of men and women as band, choral, and orchestra directors, as well as general music teachers.

You can't just read about VanderCook - like music, you have to experience it.  Take a day and let us introduce you to our college and all it has to offer for your future.



  • Breakfast Reception and Welcome - Our College President and Undergraduate Dean will welcome visitors.
  • Collegiate Chorale Rehearsal - Students will participate in a Collegiate Chorale rehearsal while parents have the opportunity to meet with the College President and Director of Admissions.
  • Meet the Students - A panel of current VanderCook students will field questions about the VanderCook experience and college life in general.
  • Campus Tour - See the architecturally significant IIT campus and visit student housing.
  • Lunch at IIT - Enjoy a complimentary lunch with VanderCook faculty, staff and students in the exciting new Rem Koolhaas / McCormick Tribune Campus Center.
  • Auditions, Applications and the VCM Curriculum - Take a few moments to talk with the Dean about the VanderCook curriculum and auditions, learn about the application process from our recruitment team and meet our director of financial aid.
  • Meet the Directors - Take a few moments to chat with the college ensemble directors and learn about performance opportunities at VanderCook.
  • Mini-Concert - A few of our student ensembles will perform for you
  • Symphonic Band and Orchestra Rehearsals - Sit in with the band or orchestra and experience a collegiate rehearsal.


Audition and Visit Days begin around 9:00am and wrap up around 3:30pm.

Interested in setting up an audition or visit?  Please contact admissions at or (312) 788-1120.

Reserve Now!

Contact us for more information or to reserve your spot today at or (312) 788-1120.


2017-2018 Audition & Visit Day Dates

  • Sat. Sept. 16 - Senior Day
  • Sat. Oct. 28 - Audition Day
  • Fri. Dec. 22 - Midwest Experience
  • Mon. Feb. 19, 2018
  • Mon. March 26, 2018
  • Mon. April 23, 2018 - Junior Day

Don't see a day that works with your schedule?  Contact us today to set up a private appointment.

Local Accommodations


On-campus Parking

Parking is only available in the paid visitor lots on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. All day parking passes are $12 and payment is made in the pay box located in each parking lot. We suggest lots A4 or B5 as seen on the parking map.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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